Two arrested for allegedly shooting deputy

28-year-old Lamarr Murphy and 27-year-old Sammie Lee Mebane Jr.

June 10, 2011 11:37:44 AM PDT
Authorities in Orange County launched a massive manhunt early Friday morning in the Efland area off Buckhorn Road near I-85/I-40 after issuing warnings to residents.Officials sent out reverse 911 calls to residents to warn them to be on the lookout for two men who were wanted for shooting at a deputy overnight.

Sheriff's officials say around 3:30 a.m., 28-year-old Lamarr Murphy and 27-year-old Sammie Lee Mebane Jr. were walking along the side of the road when a sheriff's deputy investigating a breaking and entering case spotted them. As the deputy started to question them, one of the men allegedly pulled out a gun and fired.

The deputy was hit in the belt around his waist that holds his weapon and other equipment, but was not injured. The incident sparked an intense manhunt - deputies with weapons and helicopters scanning the ground.

More than five hours later, officials arrested the men.

Both are charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by felon, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Murphy's bond is set at $2 million and Mebane's at $1 million.

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